Ramsey hopes to play Sunday in LA Rams’ revamped secondary
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Thanks to two injures and a couple of major trades, the Los Angeles Rams will be without three regular starters in their secondary this weekend in...
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ATLANTA (1-4) at ARIZONA (1-3-1)
Falcons’ Quinn hoping to find fixes on 2-week trip
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are hitting the road.
With boos still echoing in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, it may be a good time to get away for a while.
Colts’ improving defense faces tall task against Falcons
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts cornerback Kenny Moore II understands this week's challenge each time he pops in an Atlanta Falcons tape.
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ATLANTA (1-1) AT INDIANAPOLIS (1-1)
Jones scores late TD, leads Falcons past Eagles 24-20
ATLANTA (AP) — Julio Jones hauled in a short pass behind the line of scrimmage, got the blocks he needed and didn't stop running until he was well past the end zone.
All-America Watch: Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy off to fast start
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Jerry Jeudy couldn't pass up the chance to work out with one of the NFL's best receivers, a guy he has been watching since high school.
After big contract for Jones, rough opener for Falcons
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For Julio Jones and the Atlanta Falcons, there will be many games in their future together when the two-time All-Pro takes over and leads the team to victory.
Falcons’ Julio Jones agrees to 3-year, $66 million extension
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — One day before the season opener, Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones got his long-awaited contract extension Saturday, agreeing to a three-year, $66 million...
Without new contract, Julio Jones plans to play in opener
ATLANTA (AP) — Julio Jones and the Atlanta Falcons have not agreed on a contract extension, but the nine-year veteran wide receiver is still expected to play in Sunday's season opener against the...
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ATLANTA (7-9) at MINNESOTA (8-7-1)
NFL 2019: Quinn facing heat to take Falcons back to playoffs
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Dan Quinn has gone back to his past to protect his future with the Atlanta Falcons.
Quinn fired his three coordinators following a disappointing 7-9 finish in...
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ATLANTA FALCONS (7-9)
New faces: OG James Carpenter, OG Jamon Brown, DE Adrian Clayborn, SS J.J. Wilcox, S Chris Cooper, S Afolabi Laguda, DE Chris Odom, DT Tyeler Davison, OT John Wetzel,...
Sarkisian inherits Alabama offense loaded with playmakers
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Steve Sarkisian keeps hitting the jackpot when it comes to quarterbacks and other offensive playmakers.
A former USC and Washington head coach, Sarkisian left the...
Julio Jones to skip Falcons’ preseason schedule again
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — For the second straight year, Julio Jones will sit out the Atlanta Falcons' full preseason schedule.
Jones said Tuesday he will be coaching the team's younger wide...
Julio Jones still waiting on a new contract with Falcons
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Julio Jones is using the same approach he took at the start of training camp last year: report on time and wait for the Atlanta Falcons to offer a better...
Julio Jones in coach mode for start of Falcons’ minicamp
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Julio Jones left his helmet inside and wore a floppy hat to the opening day of the Atlanta Falcons' three-day minicamp.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — For most of his career, Aaron Rodgers has had plenty of good options at receiver.
However, after going from Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, James Jones and Jordy Nelson...
Jones, Jarrett absent as Falcons launch offseason program
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have started their offseason conditioning program without wide receiver Julio Jones for the second straight year.
Falcons agree to 1-year deal with WR Justin Hardy
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a one-year deal with wide receiver Justin Hardy.
Falcons add salary cap space by tweaking Ryan’s contract
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons lack the financial flexibility to be big spenders in free agency even after clearing salary cap room by restructuring quarterback Matt Ryan's contract.
Jones disappointed to miss playoffs, likes Falcons’ future
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Every year Julio Jones puts up big numbers while the Atlanta Falcons fall short of a championship.
And every year he puts a positive spin on what went wrong and what looks promising heading into next season.
Falcons-Buccaneers Preview Capsule
ATLANTA (6-9) at TAMPA BAY (5-10)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE - Buccaneers by 2
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Atlanta 5-10, Tampa Bay 6-7-2
SERIES RECORD - Falcons lead 26-24
LAST MEETING - Falcons beat Buccaneers 34-29, Oct. 14
LAST WEEK - Falcons beat Panthers 24-10; Buccaneers lost to Cowboys 27-20
AP PRO32 RANKING - Falcons No. 20, Buccaneers No. 23
FALCONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (27), PASS (5).
FALCONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (26), RUSH (27), PASS (24).
Julio Jones, Deion Jones pace Falcons’ easy win over Cards
ATLANTA (AP) — The Falcons were struggling again, and quarterback Matt Ryan was looking for something to spark the team.
Ryan got just what he wanted from his teammate, linebacker Deion Jones.
"That was awesome to get us going," Ryan said. "I felt like the energy that really got everybody into it, and from that point forward we played really well."
Falcons’ Julio Jones sent home with flu-like symptoms
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Falcons receiver Julio Jones has been sent home with flu-like symptoms but is expected to play Sunday against Arizona.
Coach Dan Quinn says the wide receiver likely will return to practice on Friday. Jones, a two-time All-Pro, leads the NFL in yards receiving and is the only player in league history with five straight 1,400-yard seasons.
Mistakes, penalties plague Falcons, ensuring losing record
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank watched coach Dan Quinn offer explanations about another defeat. The boss then gave Quinn a hug before he walked out the door of a Lambeau Field media room.
Blank still appears to have Quinn's back as the losses keep piling up for Atlanta.
Falcons’ Julio Jones returns, expected to play at Packers
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — After missing practice Wednesday and Thursday with a foot injury, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones had limited participation on Friday and is expected to play in Sunday's game at Green Bay.
Jones was removed from Atlanta's injury report.
Backup tight end Logan Paulsen was ruled out with knee and ankle injuries. Kicker Matt Bryant is questionable with a back injury.
Falcons consider OL changes to find protection for QB Ryan
ATLANTA (AP) — Changes are being considered on Atlanta's offensive line after Matt Ryan was sacked six times in the latest of the Falcons' three straight losses.
Coach Dan Quinn said Friday backup linemen Zane Beadles and Ty Sambrailo could have bigger roles as the Falcons try to find better protection for Ryan and improved run blocking.
Sheriff: Julio Jones’ relatives wounded in Alabama shooting
MAGNOLIA SPRINGS, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say four relatives of Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones have been wounded in a shooting at an Alabama trailer park.
Falcons looking for more than field goals against Saints
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons can't afford to lean on Matt Bryant's powerful right leg this week.
Field goals won't be enough to keep pace against the high-scoring New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.
Falcons’ Jones declines to take much credit for milestone
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Julio Jones seems to take pleasure in shutting down questions about his accomplishments.
It comes to him as naturally as catching a pass over the middle and stiff-arming a defender for extra yards.
Jones, the Atlanta Falcons' star wideout, last week became the quickest player in NFL history to reach 10,000 yards receiving. He accomplished the feat in 104 games, easily breaking Calvin Johnson's mark of 115.
Flags, injuries, bad ‘D’ hurt Skins in 38-14 loss to Falcons
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — As harbingers go, this was quite a start for the Washington Redskins.
After a 4-yard run on the opening play of the game, the hosts' initial possession featured a holding penalty, a sack for a loss of 9 yards, an injured left knee for left guard Shawn Lauvao — who was taken to the locker room in a wheelchair — and a three-and-out punt.
Falcons flex offensive muscles, blow out Redskins 38-14
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Julio Jones set his sights on the end zone, twisted to break a tackle and lunged toward the promised land.
A swarm of teammates rushed over from the sideline, jumping around in jubilation to celebrate the end of the star receiver's 12-game touchdown drought.
Quinn, Falcons search for ways to end 3-game skid
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Coach Dan Quinn has been here before with a three-game losing streak.
The Atlanta Falcons dropped three straight last year. They lost six in a row in Quinn's first season in 2015.
"None of us expected to be here with this losing record," Quinn said Monday. "We also don't expect to stay here."
At 1-4, the Falcons are reeling and hardly resemble the team that recovered from a three-game skid last year to win seven of 10 and make the playoffs.
Steelers defense turns up pressure by turning back the clock
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Haden understands how it looks. Spend an afternoon keeping the NFL's leading wide receiver in check and you're bound to get all the credit.
Yet the veteran Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback understands he didn't exactly shut down Atlanta's Julio Jones during a dominant 41-17 win on Sunday all by himself.
Ridley’s breakout game gives Falcons another big-play threat
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Opposing coaches have a new reason to reconsider making Calvin Ridley the third priority in defensive plans against the Atlanta Falcons' passing game.
Bengals’ Kirkpatrick & Falcons’ Jones resume Alabama rivalry
CINCINNATI (AP) — Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick got to see receiver Julio Jones' rare abilities during practice at Alabama.
They've never gone head-to-head in the NFL, which is about to change on Sunday in Atlanta when they're paired again in a nostalgic rematch.
FANTASY PLAYS: Targeting Niners-Chargers and Colts-Texans
For the third straight week this NFL season, game stacking — playing three or more players from the same game — was an effective way to win daily fantasy tournaments.
The logic is that when a matchup turns into a shootout, there's a lot of back and forth from each team, leading to high fantasy point totals for multiple players.
Falcons’ Julio Jones misses practice, says he’s good to play
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones says he's "good" to play against New Orleans on Sunday despite missing his second day of practice with tightness in his calf.
Jones says his absence from practice on Thursday was "just precaution." He says he "felt some tightness" in last week's 31-24 win over Carolina.
Julio Jones joins Falcons’ long list of injured players
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Wide receiver Julio Jones, held out of practice with a calf injury, has joined the Atlanta Falcons' long list of injured players.
Panthers CB Bradberry seeks breakout year vs NFL’s top WRs
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers cornerback James Bradberry has set his sights on becoming an All-Pro cornerback this season.
He will certainly have the opportunity to prove he belongs in that category.
The Panthers third-year cover man will face the some of the league's best wide receivers in the coming weeks, beginning with Atlanta's Julio Jones on Sunday.
Foles shows off catching skills, Eagles beat Falcons 18-12
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nick Foles could end up playing a new position when Carson Wentz comes back if he keeps this up.
Foles caught another pass in a clutch spot to spark a sputtering offense that looked out of sync and the defense picked up right where it left off last time it faced Atlanta.
Eagles stop Ryan to Jones again, beat Falcons 18-12
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Matt Ryan to Julio Jones failed in Philly again.
Jay Ajayi had a pair of touchdown runs, Nick Foles caught another pass to jump-start a sputtering offense and the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles needed another defensive stand to open the NFL season with an 18-12 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night.
The Latest: Eagles beat Falcons 18-12 in sloppy NFL opener
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the Atlanta Falcons playing the Philadelphia Eagles in the opening game of the NFL season (all times local):
Jay Ajayi scored on two runs and the Philadelphia defense made Matt Ryan look awful much of Thursday night as the Eagles opened the defense of their first NFL title since 1960 with a sloppy, penalty-filled 18-12 victory over Atlanta.
Jones says he’s ready to roll after missing preseason games
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Julio Jones did not take a snap in preseason and the two-time All-Pro receiver is not the least bit concerned.
When the Atlanta Falcons visit Philadelphia to open the NFL schedule on Thursday night, Jones says he will be fully healthy to face the defending champions.
Falcons know the time is ripe to finally win a championship
ATLANTA (AP) — There are times that come along in the NFL, when the confluence of bountiful drafts, stars in their prime and a still-manageable salary cap align to put a team in position to win a championship.
For the Atlanta Falcons, that time is now.
A franchise still scarred by blowing a 25-point lead in the Super Bowl looks poised to make another run at that elusive first title, but the window of opportunity is starting to close just a bit.
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ATLANTA FALCONS (11-7)
New faces: OG Brandon Fusco, rookie WR Calvin Ridley, DT Terrell McClain, rookie DT Deadrin Senat, TE Logan Paulsen, FB Ricky Ortiz, CB Justin Bethel, QB coach Greg Knapp, RB coach Bernie Parmalee.
Key losses: DT Dontari Poe, DE Adrian Clayborn, WR Taylor Gabriel, FB Derrick Coleman, TE Levine Toilolo.